Gentle Giant Info and News
Your source for the REAL truth about Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc.
In 2005, Gentle Giants Rescue spent $299,847.00 saving the lives of giant breed dogs of a wide variety of breeds. The principals, Burt Ward and Tracy Ward, work seven days a week, usually 20 hours per day, 363 days a year. They take no vacations and receive no salary. All of their time and effort is donated to Gentle Giants Rescue.
Every dog Gentle Giants Rescue takes in is cared for with the best veterinary care available. Their vets are experts in the many breeds that they rescue, and have treated and/or operated on their more than 11,500 giant breed and small breed dogs in the last 14 years. After all health issues are resolved, each dog is spayed or neutered, then is housebroken and behaviorally trained, and finally is adopted. Each potential adopter must submit an adoption application and be approved (the adoption requirements are stringent). If approved, an adoption appointment is made, and each adopter is shown as many dogs as they would like to see. Sometimes, they will see dozens of Gentle Giants or Little Giants (small breed dogs) before they make their decision. No one is required to adopt a dog.
Adoption fees range from $490.00 to $990.00, and are based upon their costs involved with each dog for the neuter/spay, shots, temperament testing, training, care up until the dog is adopted, transportation costs bringing the dog in, special surgical procedures, and the rescue's overall cost of operation. There are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $490.00, and there are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $990.00. Almost all of their adoption fees are somewhere in between. No dog has ever been adopted by Gentle Giants Rescue in their 12 years of operation for more than $990.00. If an adopter decides to adopt more than one dog at the time of their adoption, the adoption fee for each additional dog is discounted 25%.
After the adoption, Gentle Giants Rescue provides 24 hours per day, 7 days per week support for every adopter for the entire lifetime of their adopted dog (please see information below copied from their website):
Burt Ward and Tracy Ward do not "BS" anyone and they don't "POSE" as rescuers - they are rescuers! No dog has ever been bred by the Wards or by Gentle Giants Rescue. No dog has ever been sold. They are adopted under Adoption Agreements designed to protect the lives of the dogs as much as possible. Shelters don't provide dogs to Gentle Giants Rescue for $30. The shelters charge much more than that, but that is the least of the costs involved with rescuing a dog, whereas transporting it to the rescue, spaying or neutering it, treating it for illnesses it may have contracted in the shelter, major surgeries that are sometimes required, training it, and feeding and caring for it until it is adopted - those expenses can be astronomical!
Every dog Gentle Giants Rescue takes in is cared for with the best veterinary care available. Their vets are experts in the many breeds that they rescue, and have treated and/or operated on their more than 10,000 giant breed and small breed dogs in the last 12 years. After all health issues are resolved, each dog is spayed or neutered, then is housebroken and behaviorally trained, and finally is adopted. Each potential adopter must submit an adoption application and be approved (the adoption requirements are stringent). If approved, an adoption appointment is made, and each adopter is shown as many dogs as they would like to see. Sometimes, they will see dozens of Gentle Giants or Little Giants (small breed dogs) before they make their decision. No one is required to adopt a dog. Adoption fees range from $490.00 to $990.00, and are based upon their costs involved with each dog for the neuter/spay, shots, temperament testing, training, care up until the dog is adopted, transportation costs bringing the dog in, special surgical procedures, and the rescue's overall cost of operation. There are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $490.00, and there are very few dogs, if any, whose adoption fee is $990.00. Almost all of their adoption fees are somewhere in between. No dog has ever been adopted by Gentle Giants Rescue in their 12 years of operation for more than $990.00. If an adopter decides to adopt more than one dog at the time of their adoption, the adoption fee for each additional dog is discounted 25%.
Neither the Wards nor Gentle Giants Rescue ever adopts a sick dog or an aggressive dog. All dogs are vet checked and okayed to be adopted by a licensed veterinarian before they are adopted. If Gentle Giants Rescue's vets determine that there is any congenital (pre-existing) medical problem, Gentle Giants Rescue will pay for the surgical procedure to cure the problem (if that is what their vets recommend) or pay for treatment on a continuing basis until the dog's condition is healed. Also, all dogs are temperament tested and behaviorally trained before they are adopted.
After the adoption, Gentle Giants Rescue provides 24 hours per day, 7 days per week support for every adopter for the entire lifetime of their adopted dog.
"Running different sets of books, hence the bring $400 cash at least" is an ignorant conclusion incorrectly drawn. Gentle Giants Rescue requires $400 cash because checks issued to them in the past were occasionally "NSF" and stolen credit cards or chargebacks have cost the rescue thousands of dollars that it can't afford to lose, because all of the money that the rescue takes in is used to rescue more dogs.
The Wards are not deceptive and Gentle Giants Rescue is not deceptive. The only one deceptive is the writer of the false complaint.
The adoption agreement that adopters sign is between Gentle Giants Rescue and the adopter - no other company, entity or business is a signatory to the adoption agreement. Neither the Wards nor Gentle Giants Rescue has EVER done anything illegal, and no legal action claiming anything illegal has ever been filed against them. There is no scam, except perhaps in the false allegations of the writer of the complaint.
Gentle Giants Rescue has never been shutdown, nor has any animal control ever attempted to do so. And the conditions there at the rescue are among the very finest, and no dogs are suffering! And their local animal control did not allow them to reopen because they NEVER CLOSED THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!
Indeed, on their website, Gentle Giants Rescue's local animal control posed for photos with them and has written very positive letters both to them and to the City Manager and City Council about them (please see photos and letters below). Other prominent animal shelters, including all of the City of Los Angeles animal shelters and all of the County of Los Angeles shelters work with Gentle Giants Rescue on a daily basis, including all shelters throughout California, and these many shelters often depend on Gentle Giants Rescue and ask them for help! (please see correspondences below).
Your adoption of a dog from Gentle Giants Rescue doesn't support the Wards. They take nothing from the rescue and they are quite able to take care of themselves without using the rescue's money. But, your adoption of a dog from Gentle Giants rescue saves a life and makes room for another dog to be saved and cared for at Gentle Giants Rescue.
Also, the person who fabricated this complaint asks you to contact a "National Breed Rescue" also called a "Breed Club Rescue" or "Breeder Rescue." These are actually dog breeders who often operate a "Rescue Front" to entice would be adopters to them so they can get them to buy their puppies. It is a well known "bait and switch" technique to draw people to them. These people are breeding and selling dogs for profit and living off the money they make at the expense of the sad lives of their captive dogs that they breed over and over until they are of no use to them.
Gentle Giants Rescue does not breed anything. They only rescue and save lives everyday. Gentle Giants Rescue has battled these Breed Club Rescues and Breeder Rescues and disreputable breeders for years. Many of them actually pretend to be rescues and are actually breeding on the same property as the rescue. Some of them are breeding 20 or more litters a year and causing pet overpopulation problems with their greedy business of profiting from their dogs who never know what it is to be a beloved pet and who spend their lives locked in kennels making money for these breeders. Then, they pretend to "rescue" them from themselves when they can no longer make money from breeding them by putting them up for adoption in the "Rescue Front" side of their for profit operation.
Sometimes these Breed Club Rescues and Breeder Rescues take dogs of their breeds out of shelters and put them down or kill them, just to prevent real rescues like Gentle Giants Rescue from saving them, and thus competing with the over bred puppies that these Breed Club Rescues and Breeder Rescues, some of which are really puppy mills in disguise, are continually over breeding. Because real rescues like Gentle Giants Rescue adopt their well trained rescued dogs at cost and lose money on just about every adoption because they are a non profit charity, these puppy mills cannot compete with them as they are often selling untrained puppies with congenital problems and deformities that are not spayed or neutered for thousands of dollars, and their entire business is for profit with their poor dogs giving their lives to line their pockets with cash.
How can these profit oriented Breed Club Rescues and Breeder Rescues compete in the open marketplace with a non profit organization who makes no profit and whose only interest is in the safety and well being of the dogs that they rescue? They can't compete and some are going out of business. Others are losing enough sales that they want to lash out and hurt the good guys. So, they make up lies about real rescues in hopes that they can get rid of the competition. Don't fall for their lies. Feel sad for the dogs they keep captive for life breeding their entire existence away to make money for these Breed Club Rescues and Breeder Rescues. Hopefully, new laws regulating breeding will stop them soon. But until then, what they write about real rescues is little more than lies and false stories to prevent dogs from being rescued and to keep their doors open to breed dogs for your dollars and to fill up animal shelters.
These breeders also go on to many dog related sites with a variety of false names and false email addresses and have other cohorts that do the same to puff up their numbers, and they spread lies and rumors about Gentle Giants Rescue. Sometimes, they pretend to be "rescues," sometimes they pretend to be adopters - neither is true. They were also spreading false information that Gentle Giants Rescue was under investigation, which was completely untrue. Gentle Giants Rescue has never been under investigation and in fact has always been an upstanding member of the community and has complied with every law and regulation since they originally began rescuing dogs. Despite the fact that everything that these people are saying is false, they have still managed to spread these lies all over the internet as if they were true. Gentle Giants Rescue attempted to sue some of them to stop the lies and defamation, but they escaped prosecution under the guise of "free speech." Though Gentle Giants Rescue can prove that every false charge made is a lie, because of free speech, they are allowed to continue to give their lying and false opinions. It is sad that the new laws protect the free speech of liars, but do not protect the innocent from being falsely accused.
Getting a dog from these breeders only encourages them to breed more! Every new dog that is bred into this world by a breeder takes a home away from a shelter dog. Getting a dog from a real rescue like Gentle Giants Rescue is truly helping to save lives and allowing them to have room to rescue more dogs from animal shelters where they will otherwise die.
October 23, 2006
NORCO ANIMAL CONTROL MEMORANDUM
Sent to: the Norco City Manager, the Director of Community Development, the Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and Animal Control, the City Planning Commission, and the City Council:
Inspection was done on the same day Burt Ward was contacted; within 15 minutes Animal Control had access to the property.
All buildings and the residence were inspected.
All of the dogs appeared to be in good health, and made a minimal amount of noise.
No build up of feces or "animal waste" runoff was found anywhere on the premise.
All outside drainage areas were inspected and appeared very dry showing no signs of runoff.
Conclusion: Animal Control inspected 4867 Pedley Avenue the residence of Burt and Tracy Ward to evaluate the annual Conditional Use Permit 2003-22, granted to Gentle Giants Rescue on October 18, 2006. During our inspection we found compliance with all animal keeping related conditions.
Ron R. Edwards, Deputy Director
Hi Tracy –
Thank you very much for considering these three and for all of the others that you have rescued.
Ron R. Edwards, Deputy Director
Hi Ron, Marcia, and Christine,
We are SO happy to help these three very special dogs and to save the lives of all of the wonderful dogs that we have rescued with you over the past twelve years that we have worked together, and we look forward to the many more that we will continue to rescue in the future.
You are truly the Real Heroes of the day for the way that you rescued "Kermit" and "Ms. Piggy!"
It is wonderful to know that such caring and heroic people run the L.A. County Animal Shelters and who work together with rescues to save every animal's life.
We will make sure that all three of these dogs will have wonderful lives as inside members of a family where they will be happy and safe and loved and cherished as every living creature should be!
Thank YOU SO MUCH for allowing us to help.
We will always be here to answer the call when the breeds we rescue and other special babies are in need.
Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, Inc.
a California non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation
Rescuing and adopting Great Danes, Borzoi, Great Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Irish Wolfhounds, Scottish Deerhounds, Greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Newfoundlands, Leonbergers, Whippets, Silken Windhounds, Italian Greyhounds,Chinese Cresteds, Xoloitzcuintle, Unique Combinations and Other Loving Lap Dogs!
(951) 279-5100 Rescue line
(951) 273-1330 Adoption Information line
See us on TV: www.gentlegiantsrescue.com/gentle_giants_theater_page_1.htm
P.S. If you have a moment, click on the above link and you can watch our newest television show and see all of our dogs meeting people and being the wonderful loving Gentle Giants and Little Giants that they are!
Hi Tracy –
Thank you so much for helping us with the three dogs. Here is the information about the three dogs.
Lancaster - A3171282 – St. Bernard – She was already spayed and is ready to be picked when you have someone that can retrieve her.
Downey – A3439714 & A3439713 – These two are scheduled for their S/N surgeries on Monday, December 5th.
Please let me know when you will be able to send someone to pick the dogs up and I can update their records.
Ron R. Edwards, Deputy Director
Again, just wanted to say 'Thank You' for taking not only the two Saints and the Dane, but the time out of your busy schedule to give Paul and I a tour and a chance to meet those wonderful "Giants."
Take care and we will talk to you soon,
Valley Oak SPCA
Burt welcomes Animal Control officers
Richard and Paul from Valley Oak SPCA to Gentle Giants
Everyone has lots of fun!
July 28, 2005
Good Morning Burt and Tracy:
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with the both of you.
Your four legged children were absolutely wonderful and very well mannered.
I was surprised with how quiet it was at your home.
I had never been up close and personal with Borzoi or Irish Wolfhounds.
What a treat to visit with them.
You indeed have some very "Gentle Giants."
Your set up is great.
Your quarantine area was spacious and comfortable for the new arrivals.
I really enjoyed the tour and your wonderful hospitality.
I will continue to recommend your facility for the large breed rescue.
Thank you again
Volunteer, Tulare Animal Shelter
March 11th - Paulette Rinck - South County Animal Shelter - Male Dane needs to be rescued - Northern California Rescue has not gotten a hold of us, has not even called us back. We emailed all levels and names of just about every organization listed that rescues Danes in Northern California and nobody even had the courtesy to call us back. We need you to take him.
[Here are the emails that followed where Gentle Giants responded and then arranged to have him picked up since, as usual, no other 'Rescue' even responded]
After many sent e-mails and messages being left.....I'm contacting you to come rescue the guy in the shelter. I kind of disappointed that no one ever contacted me or the shelter here in northern ca. about this lovely boy. He has been christened "Marmaduke" by the one of the supervisors, Rene.
Please give us a call about when you can make arrangements to pick him up.
Per state law, he will need to be neutered before he leaves here so you will have to give us a week's lead time so that the vet can perform surgery. As we are under funded right now, due to budget cuts, the vet is only here Tuesdays and Thursdays currently.
Thanks for being there,
for South County Animal Shelter
San Martin, CA.
[Below is the response to the above correspondence that Tracy Ward wrote]
I will try to call you today to work out the details, but today is one of my busiest adoption days, so if I don't get to talk to you today, we will definitely connect on Monday.
I tried to tell you this when I talked to you before, I am the only one who will take all the Danes, regardless of where they are located.
I didn't say much about it on our phone call because I did not want to come across as being negative or pushy, so I just let you know that if it didn't work out with the other rescues, as it pretty much always does not work out for them to take any of these dogs in need, then you could call me, and of course, I immediately would take him.
Either there is always an 'excuse' to not take them, or as in your case, these other so called 'rescues' just don't make any contact or won't even call you back at all, even when you bombard them with efforts to reach them as you have done.
Who knows why, I am sorry you had to waste your valuable time and I am sorry he had to spend so much time - I think it has been at least a month - there in a cage for no reason when I could have taken him here right from the start, and just so you were forced to see this scenario of them not calling you back EVER play itself out - you think they would have at least returned the calls of a shelter even to just be courteous enough to tell you they didn't want to take him!
Don't worry about it, in the future you will no longer have to play the game, just call me and we will always take them ALL.
It is our charity and our Life's work.
If you let us know on the day they come in, we will have someone there on the day they are available to take every single one of the breeds that we rescue that may be in your shelter.
There will be no wait, and they will be safe, and you will have your valuable time and cage space to rescue others.
And I will always thank you for the opportunity to rescue my breeds and ensure that they are safe for life,
Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions
rescuing Great Danes, Mastiffs and Other Large Lap Dogs!
951-273-1330 is our Adoption Information Line
email is firstname.lastname@example.org
website is www.gentlegiantsrescue.com
Above is a photo of the Mobile Rescue Vehicle for the Northern California shelters that we work with.
They love to save lives and they work with Rescues like ours.
They call us whenever our many breed of dogs that we rescue become available.
Then, our drivers meet them promptly and make sure to save the life of every dog of the breeds that we rescue!
This is a wonderful group of shelters who try to save every life and we LOVE the people we work with there!
Steven Goode of the Fresno SPCA stands
alongside the Mobile Rescue Vehicle with
a Great Dane rescued by Gentle Giants
Amy Antcliffe at Kings County Animal Control poses with
Giant Mastiff Dane Puppy "Falcor" on his way to Gentle Giants Rescue
We hope that you can see what a wonderful dog rescue that Gentle Giants Rescue is. But, there are other trashy false statements made about Gentle Giants Rescue that are posted to chatrooms and complaint forums that are entirely misleading and outright lies. Many will be dealt with and answered on this website. Some of these statements are purported "testimonials from people who supposedly adopted a dog from Gentle Giants Rescue." All of these accusations are indiscriminately malicious and patently untrue. In most cases, the alleged adopter never adopted a dog from Gentle Giants Rescue, never were on the premises of Gentle Giants Rescue, and never met or spoke to the Wards. These phony testimonials are written maliciously and convincingly, but are total garbage. There are a few people (less than one dozen out of more than 10,000 happy adopters in the last 12 years) who did adopt a dog from Gentle Giants who are unhappy because Gentle Giants Rescue repossessed their adopted dog from them for abusing it or for not following the minimum care guidelines provided to them at the time of adoption, and because they put the life of their adopted dog at risk, they were forced to return the dog. Some people can't accept their own failings, and they strike back at the rescue in a shallow attempt to cover up their own wrongdoing. Because of "free speech," they are allowed to post complete lies and say harmful things to try to keep you from adopting a dog. Their insecurity causes them to feel that if they can't have a dog, then you shouldn't have one either. Of course, they are wrong.
We ask you to carefully evaluate what you are being told on the internet and apply the same standard of proof as would be required in a court of law.
(1) If someone posts a malicious statement about Gentle Giants Rescue or the Wards, ask them to show you what actual proof (written, documented proof that would be provable in a court of law) they have to back up their accusations.
(2) If someone states that something illegal was done, ask to see the actual police report or actual report of some governmental agency stating that something was actually done wrong or illegal and attributing the wrongul act to a specific person or organization.
(3) If someone states that dogs are being bred when they only supposed to be a rescue, ask for the written, documented proof from a governmental animal control or from a city code enforcement officer charging a specific violation of code.
(4) If someone states that sick dogs are being adopted, then ask for a licensed veterinarian's written and signed statement identifying the dog, when the sickness started, and precisely who was responsible for the illness.
(5) If someone states that aggressive dogs are being adopted, ask for the written, documented proof from a governmental animal control identifying and stating that a specific dog is designated as aggressive and dangerous.
If someone can't show you clearly written, documented proof, provable in a court of law, then there is no proof and you shouldn't believe their false accusations.
The problem for internet libelers is that they NEVER have any proof, only their self-serving statements and statements that they attribute to others, usually their cohorts. Sometimes, they will take an innocuous statement and interpret it as they see fit, exaggerating the circumstances or outright mischaracterize what was said. We live in a country of laws, and one of the most important tenants of our society is "innocent until proven guilty." Some very bad people would have you believe otherwise.